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Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Piano

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Music/Dance, Instruction

Department: School of Music and Dance
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 15, 2021, position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Apply online by uploading:
• a current curriculum vitae including your professional experience, teaching experience, and education.
• a letter of interest highlighting how your knowledge, skills, experience, and professional/teaching interests qualify you for the position
• a statement including contributions and/or plans you have made to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through current campus programs or new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations (this can be uploaded as additional document 1)
• names and current contact information for at least three professional references who can be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation. Requests for letters will come later in the search process.
• a digital portfolio (submitted as a pdf or Microsoft Word document) including the following (this can be uploaded as additional document 2):
     o 3-4 links to representative recordings of recent select performances or studio recordings, preferably in small jazz ensemble settings.
     o 2-3 links to teaching/instructional video(s), including, preferably, a rehearsal video of a student ensemble under your direction and studio/classroom teaching examples.
     o A representative portfolio of compositions and/or arrangements.
     o Two course syllabi (including course outlines): one for a one-term jazz improvisation course, the other being a first-year curriculum for jazz piano.

Position Announcement
The School of Music and Dance is seeking highly qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Piano position to begin September 16, 2022.

Primary responsibilities for the position include the recruitment and instruction of a successful jazz & contemporary piano studio, direction of a small jazz ensemble, and the instruction of undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Jazz Studies area curriculum. Depending on the candidate’s expertise, course topics may include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz repertoire, functional jazz piano, jazz arranging/composition, jazz pedagogy, jazz history, and/or additional jazz ensembles. Additional responsibilities in research/creative activity include rehearsing/performing with the UO Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and sustaining artistic excellence, innovation, and high visibility in the field through regular performance.

Department or Program Summary
The UO Jazz Studies program features a robust curriculum and outstanding performing ensembles which include multiple big bands, ten combos, a guitar ensemble, and Latin Jazz Ensemble. In addition to faculty positions, six graduate employee positions in Jazz Studies help staff the program and make the recruitment of outstanding graduate students possible.

Program facilities include a fully equipped recording studio for use by faculty and students. In addition to 40 to 60 concerts each academic year, annual events produced include the Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp and the Oregon Jazz Festival. Students and ensembles have been recognized internationally, including in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards on more than 15 occasions for excellence in jazz composition, arranging, and performance.

The Jazz Studies program is housed in the Department of Music Performance in the School of Music and Dance (SOMD), which has an enrollment of more than 800 music and dance majors and minors, a faculty and staff of 85, and approximately 70 graduate employees. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered, from the baccalaureate through the doctorate, including programs in dance, music performance, collaborative piano, music education, composition, theory, musicology, jazz studies, piano and string pedagogy, conducting, music technology, and music with a liberal arts emphasis. The school is known for being the only comprehensive school of music and dance in the state of Oregon. It is also home to the internationally recognized Oregon Bach Festival and ChamberMusic@Beall performance series.

The School of Music and Dance is dedicated to the UO’s goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

Minimum Requirements
• Master’s degree in music or a closely related field
• Demonstrated accomplishment as a performer
• Evidence of excellence in teaching in jazz studies as demonstrated through candidate CV and submitted portfolio
• Ability to contribute effectively to an inclusive working and learning environment
• Demonstrated potential for recruiting and building an outstanding studio/program

Preferred Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in music or equivalent outstanding professional experience
• Established national reputation as a performer with high visibility in the field
• College-level teaching experience

About the University
The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The campus features state-of-the art facilities in a beautiful, arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city and part of a metropolitan area which is home to a growing population of over 250,000, a pleasant climate, and a community which features resident symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as ballet, modern dance, and opera companies, community theatre groups, art galleries, museums, and craft associations. The award-winning Hult Center for the Performing Arts attracts many guest performers to the city each year. Eugene is also fortunate to have a variety of local venues supportive of live jazz including (but not limited to) the Shedd Institute, which brings in several national acts each year, and a dedicated jazz club – the Jazz Station – a non-profit, volunteer-run establishment that hosts live music several nights every week.

Eugene is located about two hours south from Portland, in the southern end of the Willamette Valley. The Pacific coast is just over an hour to the west and the Cascade Mountains with fishing, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing or snowboarding little more than an hour to the east.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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